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Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Losing someone you love can cause seemingly unbearable pain. The death will be tough, and it does get easier with time. If you are finding it difficult to accept a loss, you can learn ways to cope and move on without forgetting how much your loved one meant to you. 


When Addiction Overtakes the Family

When a member of your family is struggling with a serious addiction, it can overwhelm everyone involved. It can push people away from each other and often impact the financial security of the family. It can also impact the wellbeing of individual family members – especially young children who don’t understand what’s happening around them. 


Understanding Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a disorder in which food intake gets out of control. Having this eating disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. Talk to your doctor or another person you trust. You may find it’s a relief just to tell someone. Your doctor can also suggest treatments that may help.


Student-Athletes and Anorexia and Bulimia

Many student-athletes face a difficult paradox in their training regimes. They are encouraged to eat so they'll have enough energy to train and compete, but they also often strive to keep their weight down for better performance.


Moving From Grief to Acceptance

After a loss, it’s not uncommon for people to experience grief. However, grief is not limited to experiences with death. Grief can manifest from the loss of a job, a move away from close friends, a divorce, or tough breakup. 

Helping an Unwilling Alcoholic

It's not unusual for an alcoholic to refuse to stop drinking or get help from a substance abuse professional or treatment center. And the person can't be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as a violent incident that results in court-ordered treatment, a medical emergency or a situation in which the drinker's actions threaten the safety of others.


Do You Know Someone with a Gambling Problem?

Today, gambling is as easy as the click of a mouse. With casinos online as well as in our towns and cities, it may be very easy to become addicted to gambling. So, how do you determine if someone you know is developing a problem with their gambling? According to Gamblers Anonymous (GAM-ANON), it’s not always easy to tell. Early signs like missing the odd family event or spending a little more money than one intended could be passed off as no big deal. While these are subtle signs and less extreme than bankruptcy or family break down, they can indicate a problem may be developing. 

Causes of Compulsive Gambling

It's not known what drives people to engage in compulsive gambling. Problems with certain naturally occurring chemicals in the brain may play a role. In particular, the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and dopamine may be factors.

Answers About Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are a group of disorders that can affect adults, adolescents and children. Anxiety disorders overwhelm people with chronic feelings of anxiety and fear. 


Understanding Depression

Everyone gets down in the dumps from time to time. But you may suffer from clinical depression if a feeling of sadness or loss of interest in life and friends lingers for two weeks or more.


Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that can happen to anyone, but mostly affects young women. It can threaten your health, your well-being, and even your life. Much about anorexia isn’t fully understood. But it can be treated. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. He or she can help.



Screening and Diagnosis of Compulsive Gambling

A mental health professional can diagnose compulsive gambling by evaluating mood and patterns of behavior. To be diagnosed with compulsive gambling, someone must meet the criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.


How to Feel Good When Your Life Isn't Perfect

Most people have thoughts and dreams about how their lives ought to be. When things don't work out the way they had pictured, they tend to blame other people or situations.


Loss, Grief, and Bereavement

People cope with the loss of a loved one in many ways. For some, the experience may lead to personal growth, even though it is a difficult and trying time. There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. How a person copes with grief is affected by the experience with cancer, the way the disease progressed, the person's cultural and religious background, coping skills, mental history, support systems, and the person's social and financial status. 


Coping Skills for Compulsive Gambling

The lure of gambling is hard to overcome if you think you'll win the next time. Here are some recovery skills that may help you remain focused on resisting the urges of compulsive gambling: